Having an in-home entertainment center or theater can be a luxurious addition to any house. With the capacity to screen movies, play video games, and pipe stereo sound through the entire room, your entertainment center can quickly become the center of your home, providing a place for family to gather and making way for some much-needed solo time. However, having a home theater won’t provide you with any of the peace, quiet, and solitude you desire if you’re always having to field complaints from neighbors and family members about the noise. Fortunately, having the right home carpet can help. If you go out of your way to choose carpet with sound-muffling properties, you can turn your home theater into a totally soundproofed environment, allowing you to turn up the volume as high as you’d like. But unlike tile and cement, carpet can come with its own set of frustrations. Not to worry: If you’re setting up a home theater, here are some steps to take to ensure that you get the perfect rug for your space.
Consider Sound Carry
The right rug for a home theater system will serve two main functions: Keeping the sound in check and keeping the space temperature-controlled. Without a rug to absorb the sound, your acoustics will be all over the place, leading to a lot of hard-to-hear vocals and anguished phone calls from the neighbors. For a space that’s truly private and soundproofed, choose a wall-to-wall carpet that will help keep your entertainment area from reverberating each time the bass drops. If you plan on watching movies or playing video games all through the night, keeping things soundproofed won’t just be important in terms of reducing neighbor complaints. You’ll also want to think about the other members of your household. If your home theater system is located in the basement, choose a synthetic-fiber rug that won’t fall prey to excess moisture or any flooding that may occur. If you’re installing your system on a first or second floor room in the home, choose a thick carpet that will do a good job of muffling the sound.
Think About Maintenance
Whether you plan to clean your rug with Chem-Dry every few months or will handle stains at home, you should consider getting a rug that won’t end up destroyed after one too many late-night bowls of popcorn. Choosing a rug with short synthetic strands will help keep the cleanup to a minimum. Synthetic fiber rugs are famously moisture resistant, which means that even if you fail to clean up the beer stain the night of, you won’t risk mold or mildew growth by leading it until the morning. Shorter strands will also help you keep on top of crumbs and dirt. If you choose a berber rug or tile carpet, you’ll be able to keep your cleaning schedule regular with a quick weekly vacuum rather than having to worry about deep cleaning your rug every time you have a few friends over.
Refine the Acoustics
On top of keeping the sound low and confined to the space, you’ll also want to make sure your home theater sounds the best it possibly can. There’s no point in investing a ton of money in state-of-the-art home entertainment systems if you’re not going to design a space that can actually handle stereo sound. Lush, heavy carpets are great at keeping the bass in check so that you don’t have to deal with ear-shattering low tones during big action scenes. Installing wall-to-wall or area carpeting with padding will help your acoustics sound crisper rather than drowning each other out.
Cost is always a factor when you’re remodeling a space for a specific use. If you’ve spent a ton of money creating your own home theater system, you might be looking to cut corners where you can. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to find and install a rug that’s going to help your entertainment center stay soundproof, clean, and dry. Choosing tile carpeting can be a great way to absorb sound while making for easy cleanup. If a tile becomes too dirty to clean, all you have to do is replace it. This style of carpeting, as well as a traditional berber rug, is inexpensive, largely disposable, and still looks great. However, if you’re in the market for something with a bit more padding, a standard synthetic area rug in a dark tone can lend a more polished look to the space. Choosing a darker color will help distract from any staining that might occur over time, and opting for a fun pattern will help liven up the space while absorbing any unwanted sound carry.